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Margaret Parton papers, 1885-1981

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Parton, Margaret, 1915-1981
Title
Margaret Parton papers
Dates
1885-1981 (inclusive)
Quantity
58.0 linear feet, (108 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 036
Summary
Margaret Parton (1915-1981) was a journalist, critic, and author. She was educated at the Lincoln School of Teachers in New York City and at Swarthmore College. The collection comprises materials that deal extensively with the personal and professional life of Parton and her family at home and abroad throughout the 20th century.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Collection includes sound recordings or moving images to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections & University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Born of journalist parents who knew many of the people that shaped twentieth century journalism, literature, and politics, Margaret Parton (1915-1981) became a journalist, critic, and author in her own right. During her childhood Parton's parents, Lemuel Parton and Mary Field Parton, moved in circles that included Sinclair Lewis, Clarence Darrow, Lincoln Steffens, sculptor Jo Davidson, Will Irwin, and Berta and Elmer Hader. Margaret's aunt, Sara Bard Filed, was a California poet who was married to Colonel Charles Erskine Scott Wood, a noted attorney, poet, satirist, and Indian fighter (later Indian friend).

The Partons moved from San Francisco in 1926 and settled at Sneden's Landing in Palisades, New York. Margaret was educated at the Lincoln School of Teachers in New York City and Swarthmore College. Upon graduation, Ms. Parton took a number of odd jobs in New York and San Francisco. After the death of her father in 1943, she was hired by the New York Herald Tribune and wrote her first book Laughter on the Hill (Whittlesey House, 1945) which dealt with her Bohemian life style in San Francisco. In 1946 she was assigned by the Herald Tribune to cover post-war Japan, and in 1947, just as the British were ending their rule, she was transferred to India. While situated in New Delhi she covered the Ghandi assassination, the partition riots, and traveled throughout the Indian provinces of Burma and Pakistan. In 1948 she married Times of London correspondent, Eric Britter. They had a son, Lemuel, in 1950. Her 1959 book The Leaf and the Flame describes her experiences as a woman journalist and mother in India. After a brief stay in Japan in 1953, Parton and Britter separated. Margaret returned with her son to New York and went back to work for the Herald Tribune. Her coverage of the Sam Sheppard murder trial and a twelve part series on juvenile delinquency were widely praised. She also did general reporting and book reviews for the Herald Tribune until 1955 when she left for an associate editor position with Ladies Home Journal. At the Journal she covered a variety of social issues as they were coming into the American consciousness. After leaving the Journal in 1963 she married Alfred Rodman Hussey, who died in November 1964 after a long illness. Throughout the middle-sixties Parton concentrated on raising her son and writing her autobiography. In 1969, both her son and her mother died. Although Margaret was devastated by her loss, by 1972 she had completed her revised memoir, Journey Through a Lighted Room. Throughout the 1970's she worked on an unpublished biography of her mother, wrote book reviews and freelanced for Woman's Day. She died of cancer in 1981.

Margaret's father, Lemuel F. Parton, was born in Plattesville, Colorado in 1880. After graduating from the University of Colorado, Parton worked for the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Herald and the San Francisco Bulletin. In between stints on these newspapers he prospected for gold in Nevada and explored South America. he married Mary Field in 1913. In 1926 he took his family to New York and in 1931 he began his syndicated column "Who's News Today," writing of the movers and shakers of the world until 1942. He died in 1943.

Mary Field Parton, Margaret's mother, was born in 1878 in Cincinnati and raised in Detroit by a strict Protestant father. Later, Mary revolted against her upbringing and attended the University of Michigan. She taught school in Ovid, Michigan for two years and after being influenced by Eugene Debs during a lecture, moved to Chicago where she worked in one of Jane Addams' settlement houses. She began working as a labor reporter around 1908 when she became acquainted with Clarence Darrow. According to Margaret Parton, they had a brief affair and remained life-long friends. The letters between Darrow and Mary Field which are mentioned in Journey Through a Lighted Room are in the Newberry Library in Chicago. Mary Field covered many labor trials, including the McNamara trial in Los Angeles. In 1913 she married Lemuel Parton and in 1915 Margaret was born. Mary continued to write; between the 1920's and 1940's she wrote fiction and many magazine articles. Her books include a biography of Mother Jones (1928?) and Your Washington (1938). Mary Field Parton died in 1969.

Martha and Robert W. Bruere were neighbors of the Partons in Sneden's Landing, New York. Robert Bruere was a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "brain trust" and an author, researcher, and industrial relations expert. He was an associate editor of The Survey. In 1933-1934 he was the Chairman of the Cotton Textile, National Industrial Relations Board of the National Recovery Administration. In 1938 he was Chairman of the Maritime Labor Board. Martha Bensley Bruere was a magazine writer and illustrator.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Margaret Parton Papers deal extensively with the personal and professional life of an American family at home and abroad throughout the twentieth century. The creative as well as the professional pursuits of the Parton family are represented by diaries, correspondence, dispatches from India and Japan and articles on growing social awareness in the United States.

The Parton Papers consist of one large general correspondence series followed by manuscripts and other material of Margaret Parton; writings of other family members, including Margaret's parents, Mary Field Parton and Lemuel F. Parton; and papers of non-family members, such as neighbors Robert and Martha Bruere.

The correspondence spans nearly 100 years (1885-1981) and is largely of a family nature. However, it does provide insight into the interrelationships of the Parton family. Arranged chronologically, the correspondence falls naturally into separate sections, such as correspondence between Lem and Mary Parton, ca. 1910 to 1920; the family's trip to France in 1923; Margaret's letters with her parents, 1932 to 1943, with Margaret and her mother corresponding between 1946 and 1952 while Margaret was in Japan and India; and a large series of letters to Margaret from her son and husbands, including a number of letters from Eric Britter, 1948, Times of London correspondent in India, and future husband. Letters from Sara Bard Field, wife of Charles Erskine Scott Wood and aunt to Margaret, span over 70 years (1900-1974). The correspondence between Alice Field Newkirk and her husband, Walter (1902-1936), includes letters from Alice's European tours (1909, 1924, and 1927) and letters from Walter who was a graduate of MIT and an engineer in the early years of auto industry. The letters between Robert Bruere and his wife, Martha Bensley Bruere, are of a personal nature but include descriptions of Mr. Bruere's western tour that dealt with labor and IWW unrest (1918) and his work for Roosevelt's National Recovery Administration (1933-1934).

The selected name index, found at the end of the inventory, includes dates of letters from notable people such as Lincoln Steffens, Fremont Older, Theodore Dreiser, Carl Sandburg, Elmer and Berta Hader, and Inez Haynes Irwin (Mrs. Will Irwin), to facilitate their location.

Following the correspondence is the section of material of Margaret Parton. It includes her diaries; journals; manuscripts of books, articles, and non-fiction works; miscellaneous notes; and personal information.

The diaries are arranged chronologically and span the years 1926-1981. Included with the diaries are typed journal entries and diary inserts.

The book length manuscripts include material on two of Parton's published works: Journey Through a Lighted Room and Leaf and the Flame. After working for seven years on various forms of her autobiography, Parton completed Journey Through a Lighted Room in 1972. The early versions were intended both as a biography of her mother and an autobiography. There are five manuscript versions of the book as well as research notes. Leaf and the Flame, published in 1959, is a book on India in diary form. There are two versions of the manuscript with an additional early version not in the form of a diary. Included with the manuscript material for Leaf and the Flame are all the remaining manuscripts, clippings and notebooks from Parton's work for the New York Herald Tribune in India (1947-1952, 1954). Also included is her work for The Reporter magazine, 1950-1952.

Three projected books Parton worked on during the 1970's are also included in the book length manuscript series. They are: a biography of Mary Field (1974); Mother/Daughter Diaries, a project juxtaposing the diaries of Mary Field Parton and Margaret Parton; and the Lem/Christie Letters (1976). The latter concerns the correspondence (which can be found in the correspondence series, August-December 1968) between Lem Britter, Margaret's son, and Christy Wilson, a girl he met at camp.

The next series, articles by Parton, is sorted alphabetically by title of article or its subject. The articles include manuscripts and clippings of work done for the New York Herald Tribune, Ladies Home Journal, and Woman's Day. Also included are a few journalistic book projects. Of interest are the subjects Japan, Sam Sheppard murder trial coverage, and United Nation Organizing Conference. Articles for Ladies Home Journal cover a wide range of social issues as they were rising above the surface of American consciousness. They include illegitimate children, refugees, Peace Corps, heroin addict mothers, and single mothers. Parton also wrote articles on the personalities Marilyn Monroe and Lyndon Johnson. In addition, there is much information on travel, as Parton covered Morocco, Scotland, Iran and other areas of the world. She also wrote extensively on her home environment, being a single working mother in the 1950's, and her personal life. At the end of the article series are manuscripts and clippings from the Herald Tribune and tearsheets from Ladies Home Journal. The series of Margaret Parton's writings conclude with her fiction and poetry, written mainly in the 1930's.

Following Parton's professional and literary ventures are three boxes of her school work, then artwork by Parton and others (such as Jo Davidson and C. E. S. Wood), and, next, miscellaneous personal information, including awards, notes and autograph books.

The final series of Margaret Parton's section of the collection is that of tape recordings. There are forty tapes of various sizes, many of which include family gatherings and interviews with Mary Field Parton on her youth and early professional and home life. Margaret's mother also discusses her relationships with Clarence Darrow, her father, Emma Goldman and others. Also of note are two stenographic tapes of an interview with Ida Raush Eastman (1964). Four records follow the tapes. Note that the Lem referred to in this section is Lem Britter.

The section of papers relating Mary Field Parton includes her diaries and manuscripts. The diaries are arranged chronologically and span the years 1911-1963. The manuscripts are divided into fiction, written in the 1920's-1940's, poetry, and non-fiction. Included in the latter section are Mary Parton's manuscripts concerning the McNamara trial (63/2) and labor articles from such publications as The Masses.

The papers of Lemuel Parton, which follow Mary's, consist of three manuscripts, a journal of a 1924 trip to the Arctic, notes, printed matter, and his newspaper column, "Who's News Today." The column, also called "Who's Who in the News," consists of dispatches, 1931-1936, and press clippings, 1937-1942. The articles are organized alphabetically by the personality Parton wrote about. Subjects include most of the public officials in the United States and Europe during the depression and military build-up prior to World War II, such as Hitler (1931) and Mountbatten (1941). There are also clippings from the column, "Edwin Hill, the Globetrotter of Hearst Metronome News," which Parton ghosted.

Other family members represented in this collection are Alice Field Newkirk, Alfred Rodman Hussey, and Lemuel Britter.

Papers of non-family members include Martha Bensley Bruere's research on prohibition (1928) and the Forest Service (1930's), and Robert Bruere's research on chain store taxation. There are also manuscripts by Lucy Freeman on women's operations and Lucille Swan on China (1930).

The family is documented extensively through scrapbooks and photograph albums. The photos range from the turn of the twentieth century through 1981, and include a large number of photographs from India and Japan, as well as family snapshots. Lem Britter's photographs, mostly of nature, are also with the collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Margaret Parton papers, Coll 036, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

InventoryReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1

Biographical MatterReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 2

Series I:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 3
Correspondence
1885-1895
1 4
Correspondence
1896-1899
1 5
Correspondence
1900-1901
1 6
Correspondence
January 1902-October 1902
1 7
Correspondence
November 1902-December 1902
1 8
Correspondence
1903
1 9
Correspondence
1904
1 10
Correspondence
1905
1 11
Correspondence
1906-1908
2 1
Correspondence
January 1909-April 1909
2 2
Correspondence
May 1909-July 1909
2 3
Correspondence
August 1909-December 1909
2 4
Correspondence
1910
2 5
Correspondence
1911-1912
2 6-7
Correspondence
1912
2 8
Correspondence
1913-1914
2 9
Correspondence
1915-1916
3 1
Correspondence
January 1917-October 1917
3 2
Correspondence
November 1917-December 1917
3 3
Correspondence
March 1918-December 1918 and undated
3 4
Correspondence
1918
3 5
Correspondence
1918-1919
3 6
Correspondence
January 1920-July 1920
3 7
Correspondence
August 1920-December 1920
3 8
Correspondence
January 1921-February 1921
3 9
Correspondence
March 1921-December 1921
4 1
Correspondence
January 1922-July 1922
4 2
Correspondence
August 1922-December 1922
4 3
Correspondence
January 1923-August 1923
4 4
Correspondence
September 1923-December 1923
4 5
Correspondence
January 1924-May 1924
4 6
Correspondence
June 1924-December 1924
4 7
Correspondence
January 1925-July 1925
4 8
Correspondence
August 1925-December 1925
5 1
Correspondence
January 1926-August 1926
5 2
Correspondence
October 1926-December 1926
5 3
Correspondence
January 1927-August 1927
5 4
Correspondence
September 1927-December 1927
5 5
Correspondence
January 1928-July 1928
5 6
Correspondence
August 1928-December 1928
5 7
Correspondence
1929
5 8
Correspondence
January 1930-September 1930
5 9
Correspondence
October 1930-December 1930
5 10
Correspondence
January 1931-March 1931
5 11
Correspondence
April 1931-July 1931
5 12
Correspondence
August 1931-December 1931
6 1
Correspondence
January 1932-July 1932
6 2
Correspondence
August 1932-December 1932
6 3
Correspondence
January 1933-July 1933
6 4
Correspondence
August 1933
6 5
Correspondence
September 1933-December 1933
6 6
Correspondence
1933
6 7
Correspondence
January 1934-February 1934
6 8
Correspondence
March 1934-April 1934
6 9
Correspondence
May 1934-June 1934
7 1
Correspondence
July 1934-September 1934
7 2
Correspondence
October 1934
7 3
Correspondence
November 1934-December 1934
7 4-6
Correspondence
1934
7 7
Correspondence
January 1935-February 1935
7 8
Correspondence
March 1935-April 1935
7 9
Correspondence
May 1935
7 10
Correspondence
June 1935
7 11
Correspondence
July 1935-August 1935
7 12
Correspondence
September 1935-October 1935
8 1
Correspondence
November 1935-December 1935
8 2-3
Correspondence
1935
8 4
Correspondence
January 1936-April 1936
8 5
Correspondence
May 1936-August 1936
8 6
Correspondence
September 1936-October 1936
8 7
Correspondence
November 1936-December 1936
8 8
Correspondence
1936
8 9
Correspondence
January 1937-February 1937
8 10
Correspondence
March 1937-May 1937
8 11
Correspondence
June 1937-December 1937 and undated
9 1
Correspondence
January 1938-September 1938
9 2
Correspondence
October 1938-December 1938 and undated
9 3
Correspondence
1939
9 4
Correspondence
January 1940-September 1940
9 5
Correspondence
October 1940-December 1940 and undated
9 6
Correspondence
January 1941-March 1941
9 7
Correspondence
April 1941-May 1941
9 8
Correspondence
June 1941-July 1941
9 9
Correspondence
August 1941-September 1941
9 10
Correspondence
October 1941-December 1941 and undated
10 1
Correspondence
January 1942-March 1942
10 2
Correspondence
April 1942-June 1942
10 3
Correspondence
July 1942-August 1942
10 4
Correspondence
September 1942-October 1942
10 5
Correspondence
November 1942-December 1942
10 6
Correspondence
January 1, 1943-January 29, 1943
10 7
Correspondence
January 30, 1943-January 31, 1943 and undated
10 8
Correspondence
February 1, 1943
10 9
Correspondence
February 2, 1943-February 4, 1943
10 10
Correspondence
February 5, 1943-February 8, 1943
10 11
Correspondence
February 9, 1943-February 27, 1943
11 1
Correspondence
March 1943-July 1943
11 2
Correspondence
August 1943-December 1943
11 3
Correspondence
January 1944-May 1944
11 4
Correspondence
June 1944-December 1944
11 5
Correspondence
January 1945-April 1945
11 6
Correspondence
May 1945
11 7
Correspondence
June 1945
11 8
Correspondence
July 1945
11 9
Correspondence
August 1945
11 10
Correspondence
September 1945-October 1945
11 11
Correspondence
November 1945-December 1945 and undated
12 1
Correspondence
January 1946-May 1946
12 2
Correspondence
June 1946-July 1946
12 3
Correspondence
August 1946-September 1946
12 4
Correspondence
October 1946-November 1946
12 5
Correspondence
December 1946 and undated
12 6
Correspondence
January 1947-February 1947
12 7
Correspondence
March 1947-June 1947
12 8
Correspondence
July 1947-August 1947
12 9
Correspondence
September 1947-October 1947
12 10
Correspondence
November 1947-December 1947
12 11
Correspondence
January 1948-March 1948
12 12
Correspondence
April 1948-July 1948
13 1
Correspondence
August 1948-October 1948
13 2
Correspondence
November 1948-December 1948 and undated
13 3
Correspondence
January 1949-March 1949
13 4
Correspondence
April 1949-August 1949
13 5
Correspondence
September 1949-December 1949
13 6
Correspondence
January 1950-April 1950
13 7
Correspondence
May 1950-August 1950
13 8
Correspondence
September 1950-October 1950
13 9
Correspondence
November 1950-December 1950
14 1
Correspondence
January 1951-February 1951
14 2
Correspondence
March 1951-April 1951
14 3
Correspondence
May 1951
14 4
Correspondence
June 1951-October 1951
14 5
Correspondence
November 1951-December 1951
14 6
Correspondence
January 1952-March 1952
14 7
Correspondence
April 1952-May 1952
14 8
Correspondence
June 1952-July 1952
14 9
Correspondence
August 1952-December 1952
14 10
Correspondence
1953
14 11
Correspondence
1954
14 12
Correspondence
1955
15 1
Correspondence
1956
15 2
Correspondence
1957
15 3
Correspondence
1958
15 4
Correspondence
January 1959-May 1959
15 5
Correspondence
June 1959-September 1959
15 6
Correspondence
October 1959-December 1959
15 7
Correspondence
January 1960-June 1960
15 8
Correspondence
July 1960-December 1960
15 9
Correspondence
January 1961-June 1961
15 10
Correspondence
July 1961
16 1
Correspondence
August 1, 1961-August 15, 1961
16 2
Correspondence
August 16, 1961-August 31, 1961
16 3
Correspondence
September 1961
16 4
Correspondence
October 1961
16 5
Correspondence
November 1961
16 6
Correspondence
December 1961 and undated
16 7
Correspondence
January 1962-February 1962
16 8
Correspondence
March 1962
16 9
Correspondence
April 1962-May 1962
16 10
Correspondence
June 1962-August 1962
17 1
Correspondence
September 1962-October 1962
17 2
Correspondence
November 1962-December 1962
17 3
Correspondence
January 1963-February 1963
17 4
Correspondence
March 1963-June 1963
17 5
Correspondence
July 1963-December 1963
17 6
Correspondence
January 1964-May 1964
17 7
Correspondence
June 1964-October 1964
17 8
Correspondence
November 1964
17 9
Correspondence
December 1964 and undated
18 1
Correspondence
1965
18 2
Correspondence
1966
18 3
Correspondence
1967
18 4
Correspondence
January 1968-July 1968
18 5
Correspondence
August 1968-September 12, 1968
18 6
Correspondence
September 13, 1968-September 30, 1968 and undated
18 7
Correspondence
October 1968
18 8
Correspondence
November 1968-December 1968
18 9
Correspondence
January 1969
18 10
Correspondence
February 1969-June 1969
18 11
Correspondence
July 1969-December 1969
19 1
Correspondence
1970
19 2
Correspondence
1971
19 3
Correspondence
1972
19 4
Correspondence
January 1972-May 1972
19 5
Correspondence
June 1973-September 1973
19 6
Correspondence
October 1973-December 1973
19 7
Correspondence
January 1974-July 1974
19 8
Correspondence
August 1974-December 1974
20 1
Correspondence
January 1975-August 1975
20 2
Correspondence
September 1975-December 1975
20 3
Correspondence
January 1976-May 1976
20 4
Correspondence
June 1976-September 1976
20 5
Correspondence
October 1976-December 1976
20 6
Correspondence
January 1977-April 1977
20 7
Correspondence
May 1977-August 1977
20 8
Correspondence
September 1977-November 1977
20 9
Correspondence
December 1977 and undated
20 10
Correspondence
January 1978-April 1978
21 1
Correspondence
May 1978-July 1978
21 2
Correspondence
August 1978-December 1978
21 3
Correspondence
1979
21 4
Correspondence
January 1980-August 1980
21 5
Correspondence
September 1980-December 1980
21 6
Correspondence
January 1981-April 1981
21 7
Correspondence
May 1981-August 1981 and fragments

Series II:  DiariesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
22 1
Diaries
1926, 1928, 1928-1929, 1930
22 2
Diaries
1931-1933
22 3
Diaries
1934-1936
22 4
Diaries
1937-1939
23 1
Diaries
1940, 1943, 1945
23 2
Diaries
1946-1948
23 3
Diaries
1949-1951
23 4
Diaries
1952-1954
24 1
Diaries
1955-1957
24 2
Diaries
1958-1960
24 3
Diaries
1961-1963
24 4
Diaries
1964-1965
25 1
Diaries
1966-1967
25 2
Diaries
1968-1970
25 3
Diaries
1971-1973
25 4
Diaries
1974-1976
26 1
Diaries
1977-1978
26 2
Diaries
1979-1980
26 3
Address book
1981
26 4-5
Miscellaneous diary inserts
27 1
Journal, 1940 cruise
1940
27 2
Journal, San Francisco years
1940-1943
27 3-4
Journal, Miscellaneous

Series III:  Manuscripts: Book-lengthReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Journey Through a Lighted Room: A Memoir (New York, Viking)
1973
Go Forth Everyday (early working title)
Box Folder
27 5
TMs, pp. 1-44; 62-92
27 6
Part One, first version, TMs, 69 pp.
27 7
Return, and other chapters, second version, TMs, 76 pp.
Miscellaneous
Box Folder
27 8
Chapter Two, Mary at Home, 12 pp.
27 8
People, 6 pp.
27 8
Whack of the Old Night Stick, 18 pp.
27 8
Discussion of the proposed book, 8 pp.
1975
Box Folder
27 9-10
Fragments of chapters, notes, and correspondence, 80 pp.
Journey Through a Lighted Room. First version, TMs, with holograph revisions. Approx. 530 pp.
1971
Box Folder
28 1
Chapters 1-2
28 2
Chapters 3-4
28 3
Chapter 5, two versions
28 4
Chapter 6
28 5
Chapter 7
28 6
Chapter 8 (TMs and AMs)
28 7
Chapter 9
28 8
Chapter 10
28 9
Chapter 11
28 10
Chapter 12-13
28 11
Chapter 14
28 12
Chapter 15
28 13
Chapter 16
28 14
Chapter 21
28 15
Chapter 22
28 16
Chapters 23-24
28 17
Final chapter, Chapter 20
Journey Through a Lighted Room. Second version, TMs, with holograph revisions, 465 pp.
March 1972-June 1972
Box Folder
29 1
Chapters 1-2
29 2
Chapters 3-5
29 3
Chapters 6-7
29 4
Chapters 8-9
29 5
Chapters 10-11
29 6
Chapters 12-14
29 7
Chapters 15-16
29 8
Chapters 17-21
Journey Through a Lighted Room, second version, TMs, (carbon) with holograph revisions, 477 pp.
Box Folder
29 9
Chapters 1-6
29 10
Chapters 7-11
29 11
Chapters 12-13
29 12
Chapters 14-16
29 13
Chapters 17-24
Journey Through a Lighted Room. Third version, printer's copy, TMs, with holograph corrections, 313 pp.
July 1972-September 1972
Box Folder
30 1
Chapters 1-4
30 2
Chapters 5-8
30 3
Chapters 9-11
30 4
Chapters 12-15
30 5
Chapters 16-19
30 6
Chapters 20-22
30 7-8
Proofs
30 9
Bound unrevised proofs
31 1-5
Research notes
31 6
Related printed matter
31 7
Business material, royalty statements, publicity
31 8
Reviews
Leaf and the Flame (New York, Knopf)
Also includes India material.
1959
Box Folder
32 1-5
Leaf and the Flame, early version, TMs, with holograph revisions, 347 pp.
32 6-13
Leaf and the Flame, printer's version, TMs, with holograph revisions, 306 pp.
33 1-2
TMs, 118 pp. Perhaps an early version of Leaf and the Flame, dealing also with Pakistan
33 3
General descriptions, outlines, and memoranda regarding book
33 4-6
Related correspondence
Manuscripts relating to India and Pakistan (all TMs)
Box Folder
33 7
Aboard the "City of Calcutta," 2 pp.
33 7
Agreement on Economic Aid, 3 pp.; notes 3 pp.
33 7
Asia's Vies on Coexistence, 5 pp.
33 7
Border, Hong Kong, 3 pp.
1954
33 7
Burma, 2 pp.
July 1950
33 7
Christmas at the Cecil Hotel, 4 pp.
1951
33 7
Dacca, East Pakistan, 5 pp.; interview in Dacca, 5 pp.
33 7
Delkaria, 3 pp.
April 25, 1954
33 8
Education, 4 pp.
33 8
Freedom's First Year in India, 3 pp.
33 8
Friendly: Lahore, Pakistan, 3 pp.
1954
33 8
Friendships in India, 3 pp.
33 8
Fruitstand, 2 pp.
33 8
Ghandi: Review of My Ghandi by J.H. Holmes, 6 pp.; footnote on Ghandi, 9 pp.
33 8
Johnstone, 2-12 pp.
33 8
Karachi, Pakistan, 5 pp. (two versions)
33 8
Lahore, Pakistan, 5 pp.
April 12, 1954
33 9
Letter from New Delhi, 9 pp.
33 9
Materialistic West in Bombay, 3 pp.
December 1949
33 9
Moscow Broadcasts, 3 pp.
33 9
Nehru Death, 7 pp.
33 9
New Delhi, 5 pp.
33 9
New Political Problems Facing the Republic, 2 pp.
33 9
Oldest British Citizens in Meerut, India, 7 pp.; clipping; note, 1 p.
33 9
Pakistan journal
Also includes India and Hong Kong.
1954
33 10
Peshawar Pakistan dispatches (3)
1954
33 10
Questions by Indian Students, 3 pp.
33 10
Quiet Jubilation, 2 pp.
33 10
Restricted U.S. Embassy economic notes, Karachi, Pakistan, 6 pp.
1950
33 10
Uncertain Eden, 7 pp.
33 10
Weights of the Whirled, by Jawndee Bury
33 10
What's Wrong with India, 2 pp.
33 11
Miscellaneous fragments and notes
Work for The Reporter on India
Box Folder
34 1
"What India Is Thinking"
August 29, 1950
34 1
"Kashmir: Vale of Discord"
Includes TMs, 13 pp. of article and October 24, 1950 issue to which Parton was responding
November 7, 1950
34 2
"Propaganda War for India - and Asia"
February 20, 1951
34 2
"India's Congress Party Minus Its Balance Wheel"
March 20, 1951
34 2
TMs, A New Yenan in India
34 2
TMs, The Men Who Come to Dinner
34 3
Correspondence
India notebooks containing notes taken for the New York Herald Tribune
Box Folder
34 4-5
Series A, 14 notebooks
34 6-7
Series B, 16 notebooks
35 1-2
Series C, 10 notebooks
35 1-2
Miscellaneous, 4 notebooks
Miscellaneous, India
Box Folder
35 3-4
Addresses, health information, foreign service bulletins, royalty statements
35 3-4
Correspondence from Perry Wood, Chicago Tribune correspondent, India
undated
Box Folder
35 6-10
Printed matter, India
36 1-3
Printed matter, India
36 4-9
Press clippings, New York Herald Tribune
1948-1954
37 1-8
Press clippings, New York Herald Tribune
1948-1954
38 1-2
Review of Leaf and the Flame
See also scrapbook, 82/2.
[Lem/Christy Letters] (projected book)
1976
Box Folder
38 3-4
TMs, 75 pp.; 4 letters with publishers
Mary Field Biography (unpublished)
1974
Box Folder
38 5-6
Early version with introduction, TMs with holograph revisions, 90 pp.
Also includes related correspondence (4).
38 7-8
Later version with synopsis, TMs, 66 pp.
38 7-8
Research notes
Some also pertain to Journey Through a Lighted Room and the Mother/Daughter Diaries.
Box Folder
38 9
Transcript of conversation between Mary Field Parton and Margaret Parton Hussey, 33 pp.
undated
38 10
Notes, holograph, apparently by Mary Field Parton, 19 pp.
38 10
Notes, holograph, largely concerning Alice Field Newkirk, 14 pp.
38 10
Notes, correspondence, and estate papers of Mary Field Parton
Also includes some printed matter.
ca. 1961-1963
39 1-2
Notes, and miscellaneous material relating to Sara Bard Field (Mrs. Charles Erskine Scott Wood)
39 3-5
Miscellaneous research notes, approx. 100 pp.
39 6
Printed matter
Mother/Daughter Diaries (unpublished)
1979
Box Folder
39 7
Preliminary introduction, TMs, 30 pp.
1929-1930
39 8-10
TMs, 75 pp., including working notes
39 11
Related correspondence
39 11
Notes, holograph, 13 pp.

Series IV:  Manuscripts: ArticlesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Agoraphobia (proposed book by Ned Blume, with Margaret Parton Hussey)
1980
Box Folder
40 1
Description of proposed book
40 1
TMs, 23 pp.
40 2
TMs, section 3, pp.11-16 (Xerox)
40 2
Correpondence
40 3
Case histories
40 3
Research material
Dorothy Arnold disappearance in 1911
1911
Box Folder
40 4
Notes, 15 pp.
40 4
News clippings
Barbara - A Relationship
1967
Box Folder
40 5
TMs, 9 pp.
See also correspondence from the 1930's signed "Ba".
Christmases Your Child Will Never Forget
Box Folder
40 6
TMs, 7 pp.
40 6
Tearsheet, "The Simple Ways You Can Make Christmas Memorable for Your Child," Woman's Homelife
December 12, [no year listed]
"Coping alone in Texas" about Marsha Joyce, a working single mother
Box Folder
40 7
Tearsheet as published in Woman's Day
August 23, 1977
40 7
TMs, 14 pp. with 6 pp. of inserts
40 8
Early version TMs, 32 pp.
40 9
Notes
40 9
Research material
Cross Country Trip
Box Folder
40 10
AMs, 9 pp.
"Cuddle Your Kid Before It's Too Late" (Interview with Dr. Lee Salk published in Woman's Homelife
August 1977
Box Folder
40 11
TMs, 6 pp.
40 11
Notes, 11 pp.
Current News Item: Energy
Box Folder
40 12
TMs, 3 pp.
Democratic Convention
1960
Box Folder
40 12
TMs, 20 pp.
40 12
Notes, holograph, 14 pp.
40 12
Related correspondence
Deviant Women
Box Folder
40 13
Notes, 5 pp.
Doc and Local
Box Folder
40 13
TMs, 4 pp.
Eve of Armageddon
Box Folder
40 13
TMs, 4 pp.
An Experience with Doctors and Hospitals
Box Folder
40 13
TMs, 3 pp.
Federal Women's Award (proposed for a book with Janet Hart)
Box Folder
40 14
TMs, 22 pp.
40 14
Related correspondence
1975
40 15
Notes, 20 pp.
40 16
Research material
Greek Islands Tour
Box Folder
41 1
TMs, 1 pp.
41 1
Related correspondence (4)
1970
Hawaii Youth
1954
Box Folder
41 1
TMs, 52 pp.
41 1
Notes, typed, 6 pp.
41 1
Related correspondence
1954
"The House I Live In ..."
Box Folder
41 2
TMs, 3 pp.
How History Will Judge Pat Nixon
Box Folder
41 2
TMs, 12 pp.
41 2
Related correspondence (1)
1973
41 2
Notes, 2 pp.
How I Raised a Good Boy...So Far
1968
Box Folder
41 2
TMs, 13 pp.
41 2
Related correspondence (2)
How to Defend the Homestead on Halloween
Box Folder
41 3
TMs, 8 pp.
41 3
Related correspondence (1)
1970
"If Only We Had Spoken-Finances and Widows"
Box Folder
41 3
Tearsheet as published in McCalls
October 1967
41 3
TMs, 12 pp., 11 pp., 5 pp.
41 3
Related correspondence
41 3
Notes, holograph, 10 pp.
Iran Tour
1975
Box Folder
41 4
Tearsheet, "But Did You Taste...," ASTA Travel News
October 1975
41 4
TMs, 8 pp.
41 4
Related correspondence (2)
1975
41 4
Notes, 3 pp.; spiral notebook
41 4
Printed matter
Japan (work as New York Herald Tribune foreign correspondent)
1946-1947
Box Folder
41 5
This Day I Met MacArthur, TMs, 8 pp., two versions
41 5
There Is a Little Girl, TMs, 3 pp.
41 5
Modern Youth in Japan, TMs, 21 pp.
41 5
A Routine Day at the Tokyo Press Club, TMs, 5 pp.
41 6-7
Notes, approx. 85 pp.
41 8-10
Notepads (25)
42 1
Printed matter
42 2-4
Clippings from New York Herald Tribune
Juvenile delinquency
Box Folder
42 5-6
Clippings from a series by Parton published in the New York Herald Tribune
June 1955
Letter to My Lover's Wife
Box Folder
42 7
TMs, 7 pp.
42 7
Notes, 2 pp.
42 7
Related correspondence (3)
1966
"Love Is What I Have to Give" ( Woman's Day)
1975
Box Folder
42 7
TMs, 2-18 pp.
42 7
TMs, second version, 22 pp.
42 8
Related correspondence
1975
42 8
Notes, 38 pp.
42 9
Notebook
42 9
Printed matter
The Magic Doll House
Box Folder
42 9
TMs, 5 pp.
42 9
Related correspondence
1968
"Marilyn Monroe: A Conversation on the Edge of Spring" (written for Ladies Home Journal) in 1961, but published in Look, February 1979
1961; 1979
Box Folder
43 1
TMs, 11 pp. with holograph corrections made by Marilyn Monroe and Pat Newcomb
43 1
TMs, 12 pp. (Xerox)
43 2
TMs, 16 pp. (Xerox)
43 2
Author's Note, 1 pp.
43 2
Look article (Xerox)
43 2
Related correspondence (4)
1978-1979
43 2
Notes
43 2
Newsclippings
"Mommy Hale and the Mercy Seat: Shelter for Babies of Heroin Addicts" ( Woman's Day)
December 1974
Box Folder
43 3
Tearsheet from Woman's Day
43 3
TMs, 25 pp.
43 3
TMs, 16 pp.
43 3
Pamphlet reprint of article
Morocco
1957
Box Folder
43 4
TMs, 5 pp.
43 4
Story behind Princess Story, TMs, 5 pp.
43 4
Related correspondence
1957
43 4
Notes, typed, 10 pp.
43 5
Notebooks
43 5
Printed matter
My Back and I Go for a Walk
Box Folder
43 6
TMs, 5 pp.
43 6
Related correspondence (2)
1976
Newspapermen in My Life
Box Folder
43 6
TMs, 8 pp.
Notes on "A Workshop in Creativity"
January 1968
Box Folder
43 7
TMs, 31 pp.
43 7
Notecards (7)
43 7
Related correspondence (1)
43 7
Newsclippings
One Woman's Energy Crisis, and How It Grew
Box Folder
43 7
TMs, 5 pp.
43 7
Postcard
Palisades, New York and Sneden's Landing (Parton's town and home)
Box Folder
43 8
Sneden's Landing in 1924
1924
43 8
Notes, 40 pp.
43 9
Related correspondence
1946-1978
43 10-12
Printed matter
Largely regarding the incorporation of Palisades, the Palisades flagpole, and the Palisades Free Library.
44 1-2
Newsclippings
Peace Corps ( Ladies Home Journal)
April 1963
Box Folder
44 3
Galley proof of Journal article
44 3
TMs, 26 pp., 6 pp., 4 pp., 2 pp.
44 3
TMs fragments, 13 pp.
44 4
Notes, 20 pp.
44 4
Notebook pages, 35 pp.
44 4
Notebook (1)
44 4
Related correspondence
1963
44 4
Research material
Please Go 'Way and Let Me Cook
Box Folder
44 5
TMs, 5 pp.
44 5
Related correspondence (2)
1961, 1978
Please Go 'Way and Let Me Sleep
Box Folder
44 5
TMs, 2 pp.
Political Year of the Grass-Rooter
1960
Box Folder
44 5
TMs, 11 pp.
Pologamy
1957
Box Folder
44 5
TMs, 11 pp.
44 5
Memorandum
44 5
Notes, 17 pp.
44 5
Newsclippings
Racoons Can Be Awful Nasty
Box Folder
44 6
TMs, 13 pp., 16 pp., 12 pp.
44 6
Related correspondence (5)
1971-1972
44 6
Notes, 6 pp.
Refugees
1959
Box Folder
44 7
Tearsheet, "Rejected USA," Ladies Home Journal
September 1959
44 7
TMs, 30 pp.
44 7
Notes, typed, 22 pp.
44 8
Notes, holograph, approx. 50 pp.
44 8
Notebook
44 8
Related correspondence (63)
1959
44 8
Research material
Scotch-Irish--A Talented Minority that Tamed America's Wilderness
Box Folder
44 9
TMs, 3 pp.
Scotland
Box Folder
44 9
A Scottish Fantasy for Lem, TMs, 3 pp.
44 9
Notes, 23 pp.
44 9
Notebook (1)
44 9
Printed matter
The Seventh Earl of Aylesford (proposed book)
1972
Box Folder
45 1
Proposal, TMs, 10 pp.
45 1
Related correspondence
1972
45 1
Notes, 7 pp.
45 1
Research material
Sam Sheppard trial (covered by Parton for the New York Herald Tribune)
1954
Box Folder
45 2
"At 4:12 on that Tuesday...," pp.1-16, 21-23
45 2
Telegraph dispatch, 4 pp.
45 2
Notes, 33 pp.
45 3-4
Notebooks (8)
45 5
Related correspondence
1954-1979
45 6
Clippings
See also scrapbook, 82/3
45 6
Research material
Snow and Ice (by Peter Briggs, assisted by Margaret Parton Hussey)
1974
Box Folder
45 7
Related correspondence
1974
45 7
Notes, 25 pp.
45 8-11
Research material
Starr Faithful
Box Folder
46 1
Outline for a book on the death of Starr Faithful, TMs, 6 pp.
46 1
TMs fragment, 2 pp.
46 1
Notes, 5 pp.
46 1
Related correspondence
1976
46 1
Newsclippings
46 1
Research material
Surgery journal regarding ovarian cyst operation
1967
Box Folder
46 2
TMs, 50 pp.
46 2
Related correspondence
1981
There But for the Grace of God (illegitimate children)
Box Folder
46 3
Tearsheet, "Sometimes Life Just Happens," Ladies Home Journal
1962
46 3
TMs, 24 pp.
46 3
A Pre-Conception Prayer, TMs, 1 p.
46 3
Article by HEW Secretary A. Ribicoff, TMs, 3 pp.
46 3
Second version of Ribicoff article, TMs, 3 pp.
46 3
Do We Create Criminals? TMs, 20 pp.
46 4
Notes, 19 pp.
46 4
Notebook
46 5
Related correspondence
1962
46 5
Printed matter
United Nations Conference on International Organization, San Francisco (covered by Parton for the New York Herald Tribune)
1954
Box Folder
46 6
TMs, 3 pp.
46 6
Notes, 20 pp.
46 7-10
Printed matter
47 1-3
Clippings from Herald Tribune
Where in the World Should a Single Woman Live
Box Folder
47 4
TMs, 3 pp.
Why Does a Boy Play Ball
Box Folder
47 4
TMs, 3 pp.
Women Ministers
Box Folder
47 4
Notes, 60 pp.
47 5
Related correspondence
1975
47 5
Printed matter
Women Are Women Around the World
Box Folder
47 6
TMs, 2 pp.; 3 pp.
World of Books
1963
Box Folder
47 6
TMs, 6 pp.
Yes Dorothy--There Is a Lyndon Johnson
1960
Box Folder
47 6
TMs, 20 pp.
47 6
Notebook
47 6
Galley proofs for unpublished article
You Can't Fight Progress
1960
Box Folder
47 6
TMs, 9 pp.
Book reviews by Parton
Box Folder
47 7
Saturday Evening Post
1959-1964
47 8
Saturday Evening Post
Also includes some related correspondence.
1965-1972
47 9
Herald Tribune
1960-1964
47 10
The New York Times
1960-1965
47 10
Book Week
1967
47 10
Miscellaneous
47 11
Notes
47 12
Published reviews
Speeches
Box Folder
48 1
The American Dream
Box Folder
48 1
TMs, 12 pp.
48 1
Related correspondence
1960
48 1
Notes, 5 pp.
48 1
American Women in Transition
Box Folder
48 1
TMs, 13 pp.
48 1
India--The Land and the People
1960
Box Folder
48 1
TMs, 21 pp.
48 1
Notes, 2 pp.
48 2
Memorial Day address
May 30, 1970
Box Folder
48 2
TMs, 10 pp.; 8 pp.
48 2
"An Old Saying Goes..." (speech on India)
1953
Box Folder
48 2
TMs, 4 pp.
48 2
Related correspondence
1953
48 2
The Pleasure and Pitfalls of the Peace Corps
March 29, 1961
Box Folder
48 2
TMs, 2 pp.
48 2
Related correspondence
1961
48 3
Swarthmore Speech on India
April 7, 1955
Box Folder
48 3
TMs, 6 pp.
48 3
World Refugee Year
Box Folder
48 3
TMs, 18 pp.
48 3
Notes, 13 pp.
48 3
Printed matter
48 4
Tearsheets from Ladies Home Journal
1959-1963
48 5-11
Newsclippings from New York Herald Tribune
Includes book reviews and general articles by Parton.
48 12
Reviews of Laughter on the Hill by Parton
1945
48 12
What's Going On? Newsletter for staff of Herald Tribune

Series V:  Manuscripts: Short StoriesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
49 1
Ada Sarriera, TMs, 5 pp.
49 1
Announce the Marriage, TMs, 8 pp.
49 1
Better than wine, TMs, 4 pp.
49 1
Chapter One, TMs, 16 pp.
49 2
Chapter One: "There was a pounding..." TMs, 59 pp.
49 2
Evening in the Rain, TMs: 5 pp.; 5 pp.; 3 pp.; 2 pp.
49 2
First Crush, TMs, 4 pp.
49 2
"He was the first person..." TMs, 4 pp.
49 2
"I was sitting..." TMs, 2 pp.
49 2
"It was a rainy Monday..." TMs, 2 pp.
49 3
"Jed led the way..." TMs, 2 pp.
49 3
Lee Chumley's, TMs, 3 pp..
49 3
"Long ago the den..." TMs, 4 pp.
49 3
Love in the Open Hand, TMs, 7 pp.
49 3
"Mondays, Wednesdays..." Notes, 6 pp.
49 3
Nocturne, TMs, 8 pp.
49 3
"Once upon a time..." TMs, 3 pp.
49 3
Only child, TMs, 8 pp.
49 3
Party, TMs, 8 pp.
49 3
"Phyllis could not forget the sea..." TMs, 5 pp.
49 3
The Two Rickshaws, TMs, 3 pp.
49 3
Up Our Way, TMs, 3 pp.
49 3
World's Fair, TMs, 6 pp.
49 3
The Young Private, TMs, 3 pp.
49 4-5
Fragments, ideas, and outlines, approx. 50 pp.

Series VI:  Manuscripts: PoetryReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
49 6-9
Poems, TMs and AMs
49 10
Bound poetry, AMs, 2 books, TMs, 1 book
49 11
Poetry by others, transcribed by Parton

Series VII:  School materialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
50 1
Alumni information on Lincoln School: related correspondence
1967-1968
50 2-9
School papers, mostly from Swarthmore College
1932-1937
51 1-3
School papers, French
51 4-5
School papers, Philosophy
51 6
School papers, Shakespeare
51 7
School papers, Chaucer
51 8
School papers, Biology
51 9
School papers, Literature
52 1-4
School papers, Literature
52 5-7
School papers, printed miscellany
52 8
School papers, literary magazines
52 9
School papers, school publications
53 1-2
School papers, literary magazines

Series VIII:  ArtworkReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
53 3-5
Loose sketches, mostly pencil drawings, probably by Parton
53 6
Sketchbooks
Artwork by others
Box Folder
53 7
Artwork, framed nude, "To Mary Field with love, Jo Davidson, Paris 1912
1912
53 7
Artwork, "To Lem and Mary" signed C.E.S. Wood
August 15, 1917
53 7
Artwork, "For Mary Field" Aviation: Grant Park, Chicago; by Jerome S. Blume (?)
1911
53 8
Miscellaneous drawings
case
1
Oversize artwork
case
1
Illustrations and Silhouettes by Martha Bensley Bruere
1
Illustrations for Parton's Laughter on the Hill
1
Watercolor and two drawings by C.E.S. Wood
August 15, 1941 1929
1
Christmas cards from Elmer and Berta Hader

Series XIV:  MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
54 1-2
Loose notes
54 3
Unidentified notepads
54 4-7
Ladies Home Journal miscellany
54 8
Material pertaining to award committees
54 9
Newsletters
54 10
Newsclippings pertaining to Parton, many being award announcements
55 1
Alumni bulletins; awards
55 2
Addresses; certificates; symposium information
55 3-4
Press cards
55 5
Autograph books (2), including autographs of C.E.S. Wood, Lincoln Steffens, Ella Winter, Fremont Older, Inez Haynes Irwin, Will Irwin, and Clarence Darrow
55 6
Printed matter
55 7
Printed matter
56 1
Printed matter
56 2
Printed matter
56 3
Printed matter
56 4
Obituaries of Parton's friends and relatives
56 5
Obituaries of Parton's friends and relatives
56 6
Obituaries of Parton's friends and relatives
56 7
Legal documents pertaining to homes
56 8
Plaques

Series X:  Tape recordingsReturn to Top

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Sides identified according to markings on reels.

Tapes #32-40 are stenographic tapes. The library does not own equipment to play them, so they have been identified from the markings on their containers.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
57
Tape 1
Side 1: English country dances; Lem Britter miscellany.Side 2: Rodman Hussey aand Margaret Parton Hussey (MPH) reading from Erich Fromme and having general conversation
57
Tape 2
Side 1: "Dear Ivan" by Jimmy Dean and conversation before dinner with Aunt Alice Newkirk, Eric Britter and Lucile.Side 2: Christmas.
1956
57
Tape 3
Side 1: Grace Rotzel speech, "Textbooks."Side 2: Margaret Parton Hussey speech on refugees.
57
Tape 4
Side 1: InaudibleSide 2: Lem recording "That Was the Week That Was;" dinner conversation; young woman discussing alcoholism and family life.
57
Tape 5
Side 1: BlankSide 2: Rod and Margaret's comments during the President Kennedy funeral; Lem reading.
1963
57
Tape 6
Side 1: Discussion of relationships and early marriages.Side 2: Music; Sidney Hillman award; Introductory speech by New york Mayor Robert Wagner; award for Ladies Home Journal article, "Sometimes Life Just Happens"; MPH speaks; Keynote addresss by Howard K. Smith on overpopulation.
57
Tape 7
Side 1: Mary Field Parton (MFP) on her youth; Eric, Margaret, and Lem; MFP on women's careers and ca. 1897 college days (inaudible).Side 2: MFP discussing her youth in Detroit.
57
Tape 8
Side 1: Recreation; Childhood in Cincinnati, DetroitSide 2: MFP, college days at the University of Michigan, Ovid, Michigan; school teaching experience. Also discusses Eugene Debs, Emma Goldman and socialism.
57
Tape 9
Side 1: BlankSide 2: Dinner conversation between Sara Bard Field, Alice, Mary, Lem Britter, and Margaret.
1959
57
Tape 10
Side 1: (begins half-way through) MFP discussing her childhood; MPH speech.Side 2: (damaged) MPH India speech; Lem B. - MPH misc.; MFP on girlhood.
57
Tape 11
Side 1: Lem's television recordings.Side 2: MFP discussing going into a nursing home.
57
Tape 12
Side 1: Christmas play, 1958Side 2: Alice and MFP discussing childhood.
1958
57
Tape 13
Side 1: MFP discussing Chicago, Darrow, and Mother Jones; Political discussion, 1954.Side 2: MFP on political climate of Chicago, Darrow, and social settlements (portions damaged). Also story of burial of alledged Jewish anarchist, Chicago, early 1900s.
57
Tape 14
Side 1: Lem's birthday party.Side 2: Wallingford, Penn., Christmas, 1955
1955
57
Tape 15
Side 1: MFP on Darrow and the times, and Emma Goldman in Chicago. Also choral group.Side 2: Stories and Suez Crisis, 1956.
1956
57
Tape 16
Side 1: Paul Robeson singing "Ballad for Americans."Side 2: Singing; Mary talking (inaudible).
57
Tape 17
Side 1-2: MFP on her Victorian childhood (barely audible)
57
Tape 18
Side 1: Lem and Margaret telling tales.Side 2: Unidentified man discussing his book.
57
Tape 19
Side 1: MFP discussing suffrage and Darrow, with interruptions by Lem. Carl Sandburg recorded from television, 1962 (?).Side 2: Blank.
57
Tape 20
Side 1: Various dinner conversations.Side 2: Berta and Elmer Hader conversation with MFP and MPH.
57
Tape 21
Side 1: MFP on leaving Ovid, Mich. for social work in Chicago; also discusses Maxwell Settlement House.Side 2: India speech.
57
Tape 22
Side 1: Marriage counselor interview (?); Lem talking; Nehru interview.Side 2: Typical evening, 1961.
57
Tape 23
Side 1: MPH in Maryland doing book on justice in Maryland; interview with head of Charles Johnson defense committee (cont. from side 2); Margaret discusses her feelings about the story (barely audible).Side 2: Interview with head of Charles Johnson defense committee.
1963
57
Tape 24
Side 1: Blank.Side 2: MPH speech on America, Memorial Day, 1970; input on her early life; children's stories (inaudible).
1970
57
Tape 25
Side 1: Interview with young wife.Side 2: Blank.
57
Tape 26
Side 1: MFP describing her train trip across the country, 1910, and discussing Chicago and personalities; Lem talking.Side 2: Lem reading; MPH talking.
57
Tape 27
Side 1: Blank.Side 2: Christy Wilson reading Lem Britter's letters, 1972 (?) (indaudible).
57
Tape 28
Side 1-2: Unidentified photographer discussing William Westmoreland, Babe Ruth, Gen. Bradley, and Carl Sandburg.
57
Tape 29
Side 1: MPH's feelings about book (?).Side 2: Blank.
57
Tape 30
Side 1: Blank.Side 2: Unidentified photographer discusses Albert Einstein, Adlai Stevenson, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
57
Tape 31
Side 1: Blank.Side 2: MPH discussing intellectuals and artists.
57
Tape 32
Rod (Hussey)
57
Tape 33
Resume of interviews, 1964; Occupation of Japan.Side 2:
57
Tape 34
Family conversations, 1964; Rod on Geneva trade talks, 1964
1964
57
Tape 35
Early Sneden's Landing, Lem, 1968
1968
57
Tape 36
Rod discussing Japan.
57
Tape 37
Republican convention, 1964; birds, 1970.
57
Tape 38
Ida Raush Eastman, May 28, 1964.
1964
57
Tape 39
Ida Raush Eastman, May 28, 1964; Provincetown Playhouse.
1964
57
Tape 40
Memorial service for Rod, Nov. 1964.
1964

RecordsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
57
Lemuel Parton interview with Betsy Beatty (two discs, one broken)
1940
57
Recorded letters from William H. Wood to MPH (two discs)
1942

Series XI:  Mary Field Parton papersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Diaries
Box Folder
58 1
Diary
1911 (?)
58 1
Diary (about Margaret)
1911-1922
58 2
Desk calendar
1916
58 2
Desk calendar
1917
58 2
Desk calendar
1918
58 3
Diary
1919
58 3
Diary
1920
58 4
Desk calendar
1922
58 4
Diary
1921
58 4
Diary
1923
58 5
Diary
1924
58 5
Diary
1925
59 1
Diary
1926
59 1
Diary
1927
59 2
Diary
1928
59 2
Diary
1929
59 3
Diary
1930
59 3
Diary
1931
59 4
Diary
1932
59 4
Diary
1933
60 1
Diary
1934
60 1
Diary
1935
60 2
Diary
1936
60 2
Diary
1937
60 3
Diary
1938
60 4
Desk calendar
1947
60 4
Diary
1948
60 5
Diary
1949
60 5
Diary
1950
61 1
Diary
1951
61 1
Diary
1952
61 1
Diary
1953
61 2
Diary
1954
61 2
Diary
1954
61 3
Diary
1956
61 3
Diary
1957
61 3
Diary
1958
61 4
Diary
1960
61 4
Diary
1961
61 5
Diary
1962
61 5
Diary
1963
Manuscripts: Fiction
Box Folder
62 1
As Old as the Hills, TMs, 28 pp.; 30 pp.
62 2
Bob and Jim Green, TMs, 40 pp.
62 2
The Capitulation of T.B., AMs, 12 pp.
62 3
Chapter 2, TMs, 51 pp.
62 3
The Durable Angel, TMs, 16 pp.
62 4
Going to Jerusalem, TMs, 18 pp.
62 4
The Golden Child, TMs, 20 pp.
62 4
The Height of the Pedestal, 15 pp.
62 5
I Saw a Ship A-Sailing, TMs, 15 pp.
62 5
I'm a Landlady in Greenwich Village, TMs, 15 pp.
62 5
Introduction, fragments, TMs, 13 pp.
62 6
"Jack and Bill..." TMs, 24 pp.
62 6
Just Being with James, TMs, 17 pp.; 17 pp.
62 6
Klem's Perfect 54, TMs, 6 pp.
62 6
The Letters of Mrs. Job of Uz, TMs, 6 pp.
62 7
The Miracle in Apartment Five-Rear, TMs, 14 pp.
62 7
"The morning of the day..." TMs, 16 pp.
62 7
"On his eighteenth birthday..." TMs, 16 pp.
62 8
Poets and Peasants, TMs, 21 pp.
62 8
Red, White and Blue and Yellow, TMs, 11 pp.
62 8
Sails of Destiny, TMs, 21 pp.
62 9
Secrets of Their Skin, TMs, 16 pp.
62 9
"Si and vision...", TMs, 21 pp.
62 10
Story of Albert, 23, TMs fragment, pp. 9-18
62 10
The Terrible Dream, TMs: 4 pp.; 14 pp.
62 11
Waters of Galilee, TMs, 13 pp.
62 11
"When Nancy was born..." TMs: 27 pp.; 34 pp.
Manuscripts: Poetry
Box Folder
62 12
America, AMs, 1 p.
62 12
Behaviorism, TMs, 1 p.
62 12
Sing a Song of Insects, TMs, 33 pp.
62 12
There's a Lot of Work, AMs, 1 p.
62 12
"There was a young lady..." AMs, 1 p.
62 12
"There was a young man..." TMs, 1 p.
62 12
Smoke, TMs; two versions, 1 p. each
Published Poems
Box Folder
62 12
"Tis of Thee," The Masses
July 3, 1913
62 12
5 poems pasted on one sheet
Box Folder
62 12
Poetry by others
Manuscripts: Non-fiction
Box Folder
63 1
Story on home economics written on Department of Labor stationery, AMs, 17 pp.
63 1
Letters to "Aunt Fanny," radio commentator
1928-1930
63 2
India: A Problem for Communism, TMs, 8 pp.
63 2
India's Challenge to Communism, TMs, 7 pp.
63 2
McNamara case, TMs, 11 pp.
63 2
Why Not Preserve, TMs fragment, pp. 3-6
63 3
Notes, 15 pp.
63 4-5
Notepads (6)
Printed Matter
Box Folder
63 6
Tearsheets, including labor reporting
1909-1920
63 7
Reviews of Your Washington (1938) by Mary Field Parton
63 7
Miscellaneous, some concerning M.F. Parton; includes "Song of the Workers," Chicago I.W.W., 1919
Published articles, not in collection
Box Folder
63 7
"To School in a Baby Carriage," Pictorial Review
December 1927
63 7
"What are Young People Coming To," Pictorial Review
May 1928
63 7
"Youth Speaks for Itself," Woman's Home Companion
August 1929
63 7
"Your Girl Makes Good," series in McCalls
November 1930, February 1931, March 1931

Series XII:  Lemuel Parton papersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Manuscripts
Box Folder
63 8
"All my life I hated travel stories..." TMs, 7 pp.
63 8
Up Jumps the Devil, TMs, 17 pp.
63 9
Miscellaneous manuscript pages and notes on people, 26 pp.
63 10
Notes and some poetry, 40 pp.
63 11
Journal of trip to Arctic. Including notes, 3 pp.
1924
63 11
Notebook
63 11
Address book
63 11
Passport
Printed matter
Box Folder
64 1
Miscellaneous printed matter pertaining to Parton, including obituary notices
"Who's News Today" column in the New York Sun and Consolidated Press Association
1931-1942
Box Folder
64 2-6
"A" articles
64 7-10
"B" articles
65 1-6
"B" articles
65 7-11
"C" articles
66 1-4
"C" articles
66 5-11
"D" articles
67 1-2
"E" articles
67 3-7
"F" articles
67 8-11
"G" articles
68 1-2
"G" articles
68 3-9
"H" articles
68 10
"I" articles
69 1-2
"J" articles
69 3-7
"K" articles
69 1-8
"L" articles
70 1-2
"L" articles
70 3-11
"M" articles
71 1-2
"M" articles
71 3-6
"N" articles
71 7-8
"O" articles
71 9-10
"P" articles
72 1-4
"P" articles
72 5
"Q" articles
72 6-11
"R" articles
73 1-8
"S" articles
74 1
"T" articles
74 2
"U" articles
74 3-4
"V" articles
74 5-7
"W, X" articles
75 2
"Z" articles
75 3-4
Miscellaneous articles
75 5-6
Column: "Edwin Hill, the Globtrotter of Hearst Metronome News," ghosted by Lem Parton

Series XIII:  Alice Field Newkirk papersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Manuscripts
Box Folder
77 1
Tragedy Touched My Life, TMs, 31 pp.
77 1
The Society of Friends Called Quakers, TMs, 7 pp.; Ams
77 2
The Case History of Mrs. X, TMs, 3 pp. (typed by Margaret Parton)
77 2
Examination book, holograph
77 2
Chronology, AMs, 3 pp.
77 2
Horoscope, TMs, 9 pp.
77 2
Miscellaneous poetry
77 3
Notes, approx. 40 pp.
Miscellaneous
Box Folder
77 4
Financial matter, invitations, calling cards, dance cards, remembrances
77 5-7
Will, printed European memorabilia
78 1-2
Diaries (3 items)
1927, 1928, 1929
78 1-2
Diary of Annie Stevens Field (mother of Alice and Mary)
1926
78 1-2
Financial booklets of Walter Newkirk (5 items)
78 1-2
Gradebook of Annie Underhill
1857-1858

Series XIV:  Alfred Rodman Hussey papersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
78 3
Some Elements Concerning the Judicial Process in the U.S., TMs, 23 pp.
78 3
Graphic showing trends of political parties in Japan
October 9, 1950
79 1-2
Notes, peronal and professional (3 notebooks; 4 sets of notepads, unbound)

Series XV:  Leumuel Blakney-Britter papersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
79 3-6
School-related material
79 3-6
Artwork
80 1-2
Printed matter

Series XVI:  Robert W. and Martha Bensley Bruere manuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Bruere, Martha (?). Forests and Social Science
ca. 1930s
Box Folder
80 3
Introduction, TMs, 12 pp.
80 3
TMs: 18 pp., 15 pp.
Box Folder
80 4-6
Bruere, Martha. Middle West. TMs, 283 pp. (carbon)
80 7
Bruere, Martha. "What Will We Do With It?"
An analysis of a poll of Outlook readers on prohibition. Outlook, Oct. 10, 1928.
80 7
Bruere, Martha. Youth and the Eighteenth Amendment. Proposed article, TMs, 1 p.
Bruere, Robert. Material relating to chain store taxation
1930-1932
Box Folder
81 1
Proposal for a book, working title: "The Other Seventy Per Cent," TMs, 6 pp.
81 1
Correspondence
1932
81 1
Notes
81 1
Research materials
Box Folder
81 2
Bruere, Robert (?). Park Avenue. TMs, 14 pp.
81 2
Bruere, Robert (?). Poem, Sons of Martha. AMs, 2 pp.
Manuscripts by others
Box Folder
81 3
Freeman, Lucy. Chapter on hysterectomies from her Woman's Operation Book. Includes holograph comments by Margaret Parton.
81 4-6
Malorca Conference, May 1977. American Society for Psychical Research. Transcript of panel discussion, 251 pp.
81 7
Swan, Lucille. "My friend Betty and I arrived in China...", TMs, 66 pp. Also includes three letters, 1930-1934
Scrapbooks
Box Volume
82 1
Margaret Parton's professional work
1938-1943
82 2
Reviews of Leaf and the Flame
82 3
Clippings from the Sam Sheppard trial
82 4
Alice Newkirk, stage bills
82 5
Schoolwork, "A History of Sculpture through the Ages"
82 6-7
Robert W. Bruere, Steel Trust clippings

Free-standing volumeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Volume
1
Paron, Margaret. Journey Through a Lighted Room: A Memoir. New York: Viking Press, 1973. Author's copy.
1973

Photographs (PH013), 1900-1981Return to Top

15.0 linear feet
Parton, Margaret, 1915-1981
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1-9, 12, 13
Albums
10-11
Portraits of Margaret/Portraits
14
Films and Slides
15-17
Negatives
17-19
Snapshots/Family snapshots
20
Baby pictures
21-22
Lem's work
23-24
People